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South African partners

Hlalanathi Community Theatre Project

023-188-NPO /PBO 930 027 688

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P.O. 7508 Johannesburg 2000, 16 Kapteijn Street, Hillbrow 2001, Tel/Fax: +27 (0) 11 725 5413


Steps Against Violence South Africa (SAVSA)

Year 2008-2010


The project was developed in 1993 by a group of German and South African theologians and teachers from Kassel and Braunschweig, under the leadership of Rev. K.J. Burckhardt. It then was put to the test with students of secondary schools. The project is specially designed to highlight structural causes of violence, address the problem of growing racism in Germany and in South Africa and to give students the options of looking at alternatives to either fight or flight in terms of personal responses to violence. This is achieved by using South Africa as a metaphor of a successful (yet ongoing) struggle to fight apartheid and its causes. It relates to the ethical foundations of active non-violence and challenges students to look for ways to break the cycle of violence in their own school surroundings.

Currently Up & Running SAVSA Programme by Hlalanathi

Under this programme Hlalanathi has used the Community Theatre methodology to reach out to various Centres and Schools to create forums which identify issues and resolutions to problems that need to be addressed. Hlalanathi runs SAVSA mainly in schools and some of them are: St Endas Secondary, Centurion College, IH Harris, and Knowledge is Virtue, Phoenix College, Gauteng College, Freedom College, Afro-Kombs College, BASA Tutorial Institute and Barnato Park High School . As a result of the workshops in the schools an Annual Inner City High Schools Drama Festival run under the Lutheran Community Outreach Foundation (Hillbrow) was created in 2004. Up to this time, far more than 10 inner city schools have participated every year. Some of the centres that receive the workshops under this programme are the Twilight Children Centre for the Homeless boys between the age of 8 - 18 in Hillbrow, Othandweni for boys between 16 and 21 and the New Life Centre for the Commercial Sexually Exploited Women.

Hillbrow Peace Festival

This is an annual event in the Heritage Week that seeks to bring together diverse communities that seek to explore their cultural diversity. As Hillbrwo was formerly known as the European catchment area, now it has become the "Capital of Africa" in which all nations from Africa are found. In the event all the nations living in and around are invited to perform and exhibit their talent, different cultrures and heritage. More than ten groups from different parts of Johannesburg participate in this event showing different cultures of SAfrica. The festival is run under the SAVSA programme and co-funded by the Ev. luth. Mission in Lower Saxony, Germany.